Red-Tailed Tropicbird Nesting Season

Red-Tailed Tropicbird Nesting Season

For the past several months I having been hiking along the rugged Ka Iwi Coast of East Oʻahu to look for red-tailed tropicbirds or koaʻe ʻula during nesting season. When I saw my first baby chicks in March my curiousity peaked and I decided to return nearly...
Kawiwi to Wai‘anae Kai

Kawiwi to Wai‘anae Kai

We ascended a spur on Kamaileunu Ridge to the summit of Kawiwi, traversed along the spine towards Mount Ka‘ala and descended the Wai‘anae Kai Trail to loop back where we started. Kawiwi  is the 2,957 foot peak on Kamaileunu Ridge — the ridge that divides Wai‘anae from...
Native Damselflies and Tree Snails in Olowalu Valley

Native Damselflies and Tree Snails in Olowalu Valley

We hiked to the very back of Olowalu Valley in the West Maui mountains to look for native damselflies and tree snails. At 5,788 feet elevation, the summit of the West Maui mountains — Puʻu Kukui — receives incredibly high rainfall — about 32 feet per...
Waikane to Waiāhole Uka

Waikane to Waiāhole Uka

We climbed the Waikane Trail to Puʻu Kaaumakua, hiked the Koʻolau Summit Trail to Waiāhole Uka and descended into Waiāhole Valley. Pete Clines, August Smith, Cory Yap, Reanne Solomon, and I met at the Hygenic Store in Kahaluʻu before proceeding to the South Fork of...
ʻŌhiʻa Cloud Forest at Puʻu Kahuauli

ʻŌhiʻa Cloud Forest at Puʻu Kahuauli

I joined the trail clearing crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the Bowman Trail that leads to the ʻōhiʻa cloud forest at the summit of Kahuauli. The Bowman Trail was built by the US Army in 1919 under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel...
Honu at Kīholo Bay

Honu at Kīholo Bay

On my third day on the Big Island, we took a long drive to the Kona-Kohala Coast to see honu or Hawaiian green sea turtles at Kīholo Bay. Kīholo Bay spans several miles of coast between North Kona and South Kohala. Most of the bay is surrounded by private property but...